Race of the Wheel Barrow Bride is a linoleum cut printed in black ink on dampened paper. Inspired by actual events, it depicts a newlywed bride in a wheel barrow race; complete with clanking beer cans and an opossum, she wields a knife and revolver and seems prepared to attain victory at all costs. The rural setting and diversely clad contestants seem to combine Halloween with a hillbilly version of NASCAR. One can only wonder what spurred this contest and if lucky number three will prevail.
About the artist
Tom Huck is a St. Louis based artist/printmaker who works primarily in woodcut. Huck’s work, which he calls “rural satire”, is primarily based on his personal experiences growing up in a small town in Southeast Missouri. Strange and humorous occurrences, places, and people in these towns provide a never-ending source of inspiration. The combination of dark humor with the inherently expressive medium of the woodcut allows Huck to create images that captivate as well as infuriate. Huck also tackles broad-based social commentary in his prints. His work has been influenced by the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer, Warrington Colescott’s etchings, the paintings of the German Expressionists, and the socio-political revolutionary work of Jose Guadalupe Posada. Huck owns and operates the fine art press company, Evil Prints. His woodcut prints are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New York Public Library. You can visit Evil Prints' website at www.evilprints.com.